Accreditation

Current Details

SACSCOC Stamp of Accreditation

Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate, Baccalaureate, Master's, Specialist in Education, and Doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 only for questions about the accreditation of Tennessee State University. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees. To maintain accreditation with the Commission on Colleges, an institution must comply with the standards and requirements in The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the Commission on Colleges. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges conducts a comprehensive review of its institutions every ten years. The U.S. Department of Education requires accrediting agencies that it recognizes to monitor its institutions to ensure that institutions having access to federal funds continue to meet accreditation standards.

To that end, Tennessee State University will be reviewed by SACSCOC for reaffirmation of accreditation in 2021.

Timeline:

  1. Compliance Certification Due – September 2020
  2. Off-Site Committee Review – November 2020
  3. Institution Responds to Off-Site Report and submits  QEP – 6 weeks before visit
  4. On-Site Committee Visit – March 16-18, 2021
  5. Institution Responds to On-Site Report – Fall 2021
  6. SACSCOC Reaffirmation Decision – December 2021

Resources:

SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement

SACSCOC Resource Manual for The Principles of Accreditation 

SACSCOC Accreditation 101: Zoom Information Session